A few random thoughts on numbers.
The bible says to number our days, it brings wisdom and perspective. That’s enough math for me.
But today, it’s all about numbers, alright – numbering people; body counts: how many are in your church? How many friends on your facebook page? How many talking heads can you listen to in one day describe Michael Jackson’s memorial? What’s your cholesterol count, your credit score, your calorie count, your mobile number, land line, social security number, credit card code on the back, how much did that latest movie bring in, how many books does it take to make a best-seller, and on and on. Bigger is better, more people means a more successful ministry or a better book, song, or party. But numbering our days, or having a small bible study group, or even getting away from all the crowds and bells and whistleswe have comforted ourselves with is considered peculiar. The whole notion of a ‘still small voice’ is so foreign to us that we hear everything BUT His direction, correction, and perfection.
I find over and over that the number of those who love the Lord with their whole heart, soul, mind, and spirit are few indeed, and always have been. The Bible is about relatively few people, written by few, and followed by few. I find that the older I get, the more I want to lead a simple, peaceful life, with ever fewer voices, opinions, and wills. His voice, His opinion, and His will are all I really need.